For the holidays we were on dessert duty! We had a number of kids coming this year so I though I’d make something kid-friendly and fun! I first tried a cake pop at the local Starbucks years ago, the pink coated one in fact that caught my eye while waiting in line. At first I thought the same as many of you, that the cake was raw with a weird texture. Yuck right, the soft moist texture that seems very under done but yet so good! It took me a few tries before becoming a little obsessed. I thought these yummy little desserts could be a fun way to treat the kids this holiday weekend!
What you’ll need!
- Cake Pop Sticks
- Plastic Cups
- A Plate
- Box of cake mix ( egg whites, oil , water )
- White Chocolate
- Food colouring
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Wax paper
- Zip-lock Bag
This is the easiest part as all you do is bake a cake! You’ll need to bake the cake as directed on the box or recipe of your choice. I used a no-name cake from Safeway, it called for 3 eggs, some water and oil. It took about 20 minutes to bake at 350C. You don’t need anything fancy for these as you’ll just mush it all up! After the cake is out of the oven, let it cool completely! You’ll want it to cool all the way so the icing won’t melt. I popped mine in the fridge for about 2o – 30 minutes so it would be faster!
2. Preparing the pops!
After the cake has cooled, grab a bowl and start to crumble the cake into it. Use your hands and have fun! I try to leave all the hard edges out so you don’t find yourself biting into a hard peaces! Then add about half the can of icing and mix together. Yes it might seem really soft and like you did something wrong but don’t worry its all good! They set and will turn out great!
3. Lets Get It Poppin’
First, grab some wax paper to put all the balls your about to make on to, this will prepare you for the next steps. Then grab the cake and icing mix and start to make little balls, shape and size is totally up to you! I made them all sizes to make them more fun. Melt a half cup of chocolate to start dipping stick into to place into the cake balls. The chocolate helps hold the stick in place. After you have done all of them, stick them in the fridge and let set. I do this over night to make sure they are completely set and ready!
4. Decorate These Babies!
This part is on the hard side, you’d think easy but nope! I started off wanting to make little ghosts, well they turned into mummies!
Start of by melting the chocolate and making it the colour of choice! I stayed with white but you can do what ever. After the chocolate is melted start dipping, one at a time and be careful! I found that this part was hard because the sticks just kept falling out, it was a mess… If dipping works for you awesome, but if not I found it easiest for me to place them all on wax paper and poor the chocolate onto the cake pops. I had to try a lot of ways to see what worked so they weren’t all perfect. They had lots of bumps and imperfections which eventually helped make them into mummies! I honestly didn’t mind but yes it takes practice.
I let them dry, then added chocolate into a zip-lock bag and made little lines on them to add the mummy effect! This part was the easiest because it is supposed to be messy! After it dried, I made a small batch of coloured chocolate for the eyes, small dots work but you could use candy if you wanted to make them cool and scary!
After they were dried and ready, I put them on a plate to start decorating it! I used a white plate and added a spider web pattern with white chocolate and covered it in orange sprinkles. I will say, it made them pop and was a huge hit! You could do any design but it definitely added a lot!
I have to admit, these are in no way perfect but hey it was fun and not everything is going to turn out Pinterest worthy! I did this with Kyle and we learned a lot, had some laughs and the best part was the kids loved them. They taste great and its a simple way to add a touch of fun to any family gathering. I would highly recommend giving them a try and would love to see how yours turn out!